Let’s Watch a Bunch of War on Drugs Videos

Adam Granduciel and The War On Drugs play the Dell Music Center on Thursday. (Dustin Condren)

This Thursday, Philly rock heroes The War on Drugs play their biggest hometown show yet — headlining Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation fundraiser at the recently revamped Dell Music Center.

NFL linebacker Barwin, indie rock’s largest fan, was often spotted at shows around town when he played for the Eagles, thus leading to his teaming up with show promoters R5. Together, they’ve staged yearly concerts benefitting his charity that builds playgrounds and parks. Previous incarnations, at Union Transfer, were headlined by Hop Along, Waxahatchee and Kurt Vile. (Barwin signed with the Rams in the off-season, but remains committed to making the world better.)

This year Connor and co. are expanding their horizons by holding the event in the Dell Music Center. The large outdoor amphitheatre in Strawberry Mansion recently underwent $6 million in renovations. Read more »

Eagles Cut Connor Barwin

Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

Looking to free up salary before the free agency signing period begins, the Eagles released Connor Barwin on Thursday morning. The fan favorite spent four years with the Eagles.

“Thank you Philadelphia from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me and for being the amazing city you are,” Barwin wrote on Instagram. “Laura and I want to thank Jeffrey Laurie, the entire Eagles organization, and all the fans for their support. It has been an honor and a privilege to play for this historic franchise.”

Yes, that’s right: He only spent four seasons in Philadelphia, but he managed to spell Jeffrey Lurie’s name “Jeffrey Laurie.” He really has achieved honorary From Here status. Read more »

Who Will the Eagles Cut To Save Money?

Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

Connor Barwin. (Jeff Fusco)

With the Eagles’ 2016 season in the rearview mirror, the focus will quickly shift ahead to the their offseason and how they plan to address their holes. But before the Birds can spend their resources on a running back, wide receiver, defensive end or cornerback, the team will have to make some cuts to give Howie Roseman more money to play with.

Roseman is one of the most active general managers in the NFL, but the Eagles currently have one of their worst 2017 cap situations in the league. According to Over The Cap, Philadelphia has around $9.4 million in projected 2017 cap space, which is 29th in the NFL.

Here are five players who may be cap casualties, ranked in order of likelihood (all figures are via Over The Cap): Read more »

Is This Bizarre Video Featuring Kurt Vile and Connor Barwin … Art?

I just watched this video, in which Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin and Philadelphia guitar-rock master Kurt Vile advertise Vile’s New Year’s Eve show at the Fillmore in Fishtown as well as some new tour dates and the New Year’s Day football game between the Eagles and the Cowboys. I have to say: This might be art. Read more »

Eagles-Cowboys, Day After: A Disappointing Finish

Marcus Smith and Dak Prescott. (USA Today Sports)

Marcus Smith and Dak Prescott. (USA Today Sports)

While Doug Pederson’s questionable decision-making left the door open for the Cowboys in the Eagles’ 29-23 defeat, it was Philadelphia’s defense that let Dallas walk through and maintain the top spot in the NFC East.

With 6:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dallas started their series at their own 10-yard-line. But after 11 plays and 3:22 ticked off the game clock, the Cowboys went 90 yards for the touchdown to tie the game. Then, in the opening drive of overtime, the Cowboys traveled 75 yards in 12 plays to put the Eagles away.

“We have to close those games out. We have a 10-point lead in the fourth, you can’t let those teams linger in and hang on,” Jordan Hicks said. “You know coming in here they are going to fight to the end. It is going to be a dog fight to the very end. You have to step on the gas when you have them in that position. It is disappointing we weren’t able to do that, but it has to be a learning experience. We have to come together, we have to be closer, and we have to move forward.” Read more »

Eagles-Vikings, Day After: Staking Their Claim

Rodney McLeod. (Jeff Fusco)

Rodney McLeod. (Jeff Fusco)

Jalen Mills stood in the middle of a circle made up of the Eagles’ defensive backs before their game against the Vikings. Located in the tunnel just before running out onto Lincoln Financial Field, the rookie raised his voice.

“How the f-ck they going to say they’re the best defense in this f-cking league, and we sitting right here?” Mills said. “How the f-ck they going say that?”

Perhaps Minnesota said that because they visited Philadelphia ranked first in the NFL in points per game allowed. Or perhaps Minnesota said that because it was a practically unanimous view point among those who followed football. But regardless of the reason, the Eagles’ defense dismissed it as they staked a claim of their own Sunday by dominating in their 21-10 win over the Vikings. Read more »

Connor Barwin Orders Santucci’s After Every Eagles Home Game

Photos of Santucci’s pizza and Eagles defensive player Connor Barwin

This is not usually what you look like after consuming a lot of pizza | Photos: Santucci’s pizza photo by Dan McQuade; Connor Barwin photo by Jeff Fusco

Connor Barwin recently did an interview with GQ about his diet. Barwin is listed as 6-foot-4, 264 pounds — and in modern pro sports, every extra little bit counts. So he works out a lot, and he also eats a lot. He detailed his diet and pre-game ritual for the magazine, but he also explained his one cheat:

You obviously try to get protein and amino acids back. My normal routine is coming home and getting pizza—but that’s more for relaxing. Mushroom pizza always from Santucci’s in Philadelphia. Always.

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